9 Creative Gifts You Need to Know About this Chanukah
Photo: Peace Love Light Shop

9 Creative Gifts You Need to Know About this Chanukah

It’s a great big world of gift giving temptation and latke overdosing during this holiday season. We hear ya.

While we can’t help you to curb your latke intake, we can help your to hone in on perfect gifts for foodies, home decor lovers and those who would simply rather give back. Read on to find the most tasty, convenient, inspiring and whimsical gifts we’d like to give or receive this Chanukah.

You still have time to support small businesses and do a mitzvah!


Kosher Middle Eastern Spice Collection
Photo: Maria Midoes for NY SHUK

We’ve known Ron and Leetal, NYSHUK, for a long time and have always considered their spice blends crucial to achieving authentic Israeli and Middle Eastern flavors in our kitchen. Essentials like Hawaij, is described like this: ” Hawaij is no wallflower, with its gorgeous golden hue and powerful fragrance. Originally from Yemen, this earthy spice blend is a favorite flavor in Israel, where it come to life in slow simmered dishes. Think of it as masala’s Middle Eastern cousin.”

Sumptuous photos, clever text, recipes and easy ordering make this OU Kosher certified spice blend collection one of our favorites.

Click NYShuk to order.


Kosher Chanukah gift basket
Chanukah gift basket- Challah Connection

We’ve known and admired Jane Moritz, the creative mind behind Challah Connection , since she delivered challah to her customers’ mailboxes in CT way back! Today, Challah Connection offers a fantastic and broad array of kosher iconic Jewish treats (I’d call them ESSENTIALS) any way you like ’em.

Want to send a dozen black and white cookies to your homesick college student? How about a thoughtfully curated Chanukah basket with all of the noshes they’ll love? There are over 16 Chanukah baskets to chose from!

They even have a whole page of gluten-free baked goods, including chocolate babke, challah and plenty more. Can’t be with your favorite peeps to light the candles this year? Send your love this way.

 Click Challah Connection. For Kosher Like Me readersTake 10% off any order over $50 (not including shipping). Use promo code XZ6004, expires 12/31/2017. Use as many times as you like!

Did I mention their deli collection with absolutely everything including Hebrew National salami and Dr. Brown sodas??? Now, THAT’s a party!

Leaf and Ardor Personal tea box. Photo: Leaf and Ardor, CT.

We’ve loved Leaf and Ardor teas since we first steeped and sipped together soon after their launch in 2013. Their organic, all natural ingredients are the highest quality and most distinctive. We love that they partner with ceramicists and other small producers, resulting in lovely gift boxes. Check out their blog to read about Cristina and Connie’s culinary innovations and heart centered business.

To place your order, head over to their website here  or email co-owner, Cristina, to get the conversation started about customized gifts in any quantity you need. Shipping in the USA is free and they’ll deliver to any address in Fairfield County, CT., free of charge. Yup! You read that right.


Modern Tribe Jewish gifts Chanukah

Modern Tribe is changing Jewish gifts one laugh at a time. See Amy and her brother’s ever expanding collection of humorous and ceremonial objects (and everything in-between) by clicking here.  

First time shoppers receive 10 % off when they click through Kosher Like Me.

Chanukah gifts peace love light
Photo: Peace Love Light

Peace Love Light is an online shop specializing in Chanukah decor and home decorations. They saw the gap in the market and filled it exquisitely. Find themed pillow covers, table linens, menorahs, welcome signs and all sorts of festive home additions to brighten your Chanukah home.

Click Peace Love Light to order and receive 10% off. Note: first image is Peace Love Light’s Happy Hanukkah sign. So cute, right?

Gifts for Chanukah- Kosher Like Me
Photo: JEWishly

Like to keep your nosherai in order? Me, too.

But that’s only one of the reasons we love this 6 sectioned hamsa plate from JEWishly. For over 3000 years, this symbol has been associated with happiness, peace and prosperity in the home. Now that’s a lovely gift to give!

Share the tradition of Jewish gifts with bat mitzvah girls, dinner hosts and anyone else you love by shopping JEWishly. Their blog is a fun read, too. They ask all sorts of Jewish folks, “how do you Jew?” I was honored to be interviewed by one of the three sisters, CT. maven Netta Levy, soon after they launched their site.

Our readers receive 10% off the HAMSA PLATE shown, by inserting KOSHER10 at checkout. They’ve tossed in free shipping for our friends, too.



Feed Your Soul Bakery kosher cookies
Mya, owner, Feed Your Soul Bakery, NYC. Photo courtesy of Feed Your Soul

Feed Your Soul Bakery is on a mission. For every order placed, this bakery donates a cookie to The Coalition for the Homeless. Buy cookies and do a mitzvah!

 Their array of sweets include signature cookies (triple chocolate cocoa loco and white chocolate snickerdoodle for me, please), luscious brownies and gourmet bars.

Feed Your Soul offers gifts range from 12 cookies to large tins for the office or dorm party. Cookies are certified OU KOSHER. Click Feed Your Soul Bakery to shop and receive 20% off by using code KOSHERLIFE until 12/21/17.


Mazon Chanukah gift
Mazon feeds all who are hungry

Want to save yourself some calories? Consider a monetary gift to Mazon by clicking here.


Inspired by Jewish values and ideals, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national advocacy organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. MAZON is a leading voice in Washington D.C. on anti-hunger issues, especially those that involve populations or problems that have been previously overlooked or ignored.


Congress is threatening massive cuts to nutrition programs like food stamps, which helps tens of millions of Americans put food on the table. MAZON will not stand idly by. Support MAZON and HELP prevent these cuts before they happen.

Consider making a donation to Mazon in honor of your family or guests at your next big shindig. Mazon will customize notes to let them know that you’ve done something amazing and generous.

 Link to donate: https://give.mazon.org/checkout/donation?eid=55483


Masbia feeds kosher meals to the hungry in NYC
Masbia meal tray

There are hungry among us.

Consider a donation to Masbia Soup Kitchens, with locations in Flatbush, Queens and Boro Park, NY. Masbia is a network of community supported kitchens where clients can eat for free. They serve over 2 million kosher meals a year in two ways.

100,000 hot, sit-down dinners including a starter salad, beverage, soup, protein, two hot side dishes and a dessert are served each year. Meals are kosher and ALL guests are welcome. Masbia has created a restaurant-like setting, placing an emphasis on serving guests with dignity and respect.

In addition, emergency care packages are available for families who have homes to cook in but no means to buy ingredients. In order to create these packages, Masbia requires close to 50,000 pounds of food each week.

Imagine the challenges. ‘Nuf said. Donate to Masbia in any way you can by clicking here.

Do you have great gift ideas or inspiring thoughts on Chanukah gift giving? We’d love to know!












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